Messmer Simone


Classical Ballet / Soloist

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Simone Messmer began studying dance at the age of nine at Ballet Arts Minnesota. At 14, she continued her training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, where she performed roles such as Gamzatti in La Bayadère, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty. At 15, Simone was awarded the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for Excellence in Dance. After two years at the Harid Conservatory, she resumed her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis. Messmer participated in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in 2001 and joined the Studio Company (now ABT II) in that same year.

In August 2002 she became an apprentice in the main Company and, in January 2003, became a member of the corps de ballet. Her repertoire with the Company includes the Lead D\'Jampe and a Shade in La Bayadère, a Stepsister in Cinderella,the Mazurka Lady in Coppélia, an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, the pas de deux in Dark Elegies, a flower girl in Don Quixote, Myrta and Moyna in Giselle, Prudence in Lady of the Camellias, Olga in On the Dnieper, a Gypsy in Petrouchka, Clemence in Raymonda, a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, the Fairy of Valor and the Fairy of Fervor in The Sleeping Beauty, Some Assembly Required, a big swan, the pas de trois, the Polish Princess, the Spanish Dance and the Lead Czardas in Swan Lake and roles in Airs, Baker’s Dozen, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Company B, Désir, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Theme and Variations and Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison.

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  • American Ballet Theatre
    New York